JBL’s OnBeat Xtreme is pretty simple to sum up: that is an extremely good-sounding iPhone/iPad speaker dock that also boasts an extraordinary feature set, which include Bluetooth wireless streaming and speakerphone capabilities. The simple truth is there isn’t an excessive amount of else you could require in this sort of speakers, although OnBeat Xtreme’s distinct and eye-catching design may well not to appeal to everyone. Really the only stumbling block may be the $500 price tag.

The OnBeat Xtreme is actually a supersize version of the sooner JBL OnBeat iPod/iPhone speaker dock. It has among those designs you are either likely to love or discover a little off-putting. The simple truth is it looks similar to the most notable of a woman’s formal dress or two sashes slung over each other. It doesn’t matter how it strikes you, we are able to say that it appears very well-built. It weighs about a good 8.9 pounds and the buttons, speaker grilles, chrome accents, and nicely designed RF remote indicate this being truly a luxury product. For the reason that sense, it shares some similarities with Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin products, though obviously not the form.

The JBL OnBeat Xtreme, seen from leading, lacking any iPad or iPhone docked.

As noted, the OnBeat Xtreme features an iPad dock–and that dock rotates in order to put your iPad in portrait or landscape mode for movie watching. Your iPhone and iPod will put on the dock aswell (yes, it charges iPads, iPhones, and different iPods), and JBL throws within an adapter for iPhones which makes your device sit more securely in the dock. The speaker looks completely different with an iPad docked in it. I believe it looks better with an iPad onboard, but because the Xtreme has Bluetooth you don’t need to dock your iPad to perform sound through the speaker.

Unlike most speaker docks, the JBL OnBeat Xtreme can take an iPad (in landscape or portrait orientation).

I cannot say I loved the appearance of the Xtreme, but I didn’t hate it either. It’s among those speakers that should be positioned in an area where it could mesh well together with your décor. Again, for a few persons its design will continue to work well; for others it will not.

If you’re buying speaker that gives compatibility with Apple’s AirPlay wireless streaming feature, this is not it. But it offers almost everything else you’d want in a speaker dock system, especially Bluetooth and speakerphone capabilities. This might make for a good “executive” system in a office at home or den and you might place it underneath a TV (on a shelf) and make right into a TV speaker using the line input. Gleam composite video output which allows you to perform video from your own docked iPad, iPhone, or iPod to your TV using an optional cable. Alas, that video connection is composite, this means the video quality won’t look terribly good–think VCR quality at best.

The trunk panel includes auxiliary in, video out, and USB (for syncing via iTunes).

It is also worth mentioning that there surely is a USB port around back in order to sync a docked iPod/iPhone/iPad with iTunes on your pc (yes, your computer has to be near by for the included USB cable to attain it).